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host, the taliban, in both pakistan and afghanistan. in pakistan, osama bin laden has been killed and al qaeda significantly weakened. in afghanistan british and international forces have driven al qaeda from its bases and while it's too early to tell for certain, initial evidence suggests we have halted the taliban insurgency in the heartland of helmand province. mr. speaker, we are now entering a new phase in which the afghan forces will do more of the fighting and patrolling and our forces more training and mentoring. as president obama said in his address last month, the mission is changing from combat to support. when we arrived, there was no one to hand over to, no proper army, no police force. in many places across the country the afghan security forces now stand ready to begin the process of taking over security responsibility. mr. speaker, success in afghanistan requires a number of critical steps. the first is making sure that the afghan security forces are able to secure their own territory. now, i know there have been well-known problems, especially, with the afghan po
released by taliban showing 16 men being executed. >> this is a graphic look at how brutal and ugly the war against the taliban can get. some of you may find this very disturbing. if you would like to turn away, this is a good time to do so. let's walk you through this video. it was released by the taliban, posted online. men wearing traditional pakistani garb, all of them with their hands tied behind their back. in front of them, you see three armed men, you assume these are taliban fighters. one of them is scolding the men who are lined up, accusing them of being enemies of islam, saying these executions are about to take place for six children. the military here vehemently denies those excuses took place. after the scolding is over, that's when you see and hear the gunfire. you see the men topple to the ground, some of them moaning and writhing in pain. we're not going so show you what happened next. some of the gunmen walk up to the men and shoot them again, sometimes in an effort too make sure they're dead. the military believes the men who were killed were police officers kidnapped du
are there to battle taliban coming in from afghanistan. >> reporter: kunar in eastern afghanistan is some of the toughest terrain america has troops in here. you can see this particular base is surrounded by hills on either side, which give the insurgency a central vantage point from which they can attack. the base violence is so consistent it makes it very hard for them to have the kind of contact with locals they need. life here really a waiting game for the worst to happen. everywhere you look, here in kunar on afghanistan's eastern border, the choices aren't good. outpost king is caught between hills full of taliban. if the americans leave, militants from pakistan will flow through the valley. if they stay, every few days this happens. the mortars hit the base. the last attack was long enough ago there's panic, they're worried the taliban have been preparing a big one. after days of nothing, the insurgents are finally beginning an attack from all sides. >> fire. >> command hustle up, grab it and get ready. >> reporter: they use mortars first, aiming for taliban dark into the hills but
's speculation of everybody from the cia to drug lords to the taliban. >> absolutely. that speculation is still runs. it's not clear whether his absence will have that big of a stabilizing effect. from the united states point of view karzai's brother caused a lot of problems, he was always playing a double game, but he managed a lot of relationships. he had the charisma to maintain that network. for karzai. that was crucial. you can see how karzai really needed a counterbalance to the taliban when it came to now we have to see who can fill that void try to manage those relationship nots to mention the lucrative narcotics routes to try to maintain the piece while u.s. forces are there. more importantly, though, the real focus we have is the u.s./pakistani negotiation and whether pakistan can come through in developing some sort of accommodate with the taliban that would allow the u.s. to disengage. >> dave, go ahead. >> what is the impact of the united states drawing down in afghanistan? i'm talking about police actions and espionage, which we can pursue anyway. what is the impact of us drawing
murdoch's newscorp operation. this one is interesting. the taliban claims it was a victim. the group accusing the u.s. of hacking in to its cell phones to send false text messages saying that its leader, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border a
's gone too far. >> paul thank you for joining us. appreciate your time. >> thank you. >>> the taliban is getting in on the phone hacking thing. the afghan group insists its phones and website were hacked and that's what caused the announcement that its leader had died. the taliban now insists its chief is alive. denies that he died of a heart attack in spite of the text message and web announcement that went out. the taliban blames u.s. intelligence agencies for the hack. >>> a stark warning from the capitol. we're in the debt deadline danger zone. time is running out to get a deal done. just 13 days left. and now there are three debt proposals being debated on capitol hill. none of them with any kind of consensus. yesterday the republican-led house passed cut, cap and balance. the tea party backed plan calls for deep spending cuts, a balanced cap and balanced budget amendment. republicans cheered the plan, democrats say it's a nonstarter. >> it's time for republicans in the house and the senate to end the political shenanigans to drop their doa plan to cap, cut and kill medicare and
that paypal was trying to economically strangle the website. >>> the taliban is denying reports the group's leader is dead. a text message sent to journalists claiming insurgent leader omar's death was dead. the text message announced commander of the muslim faith is dead, and that's the title reserved for the leader of the taliban. >>> the man accused of firing shots at several military facilities will go to court today on several unrelated charges. jonathan melaku was accused of a series of vehicle break-ins in leesburg. he's accused of several shootings, the attacks involved two at the marine corps museum, the recruiting office in woodbridge. he was arrested after police spotted him in arlington national cemetery off hours with a backpack that included ammonium nitrate. the chemicals can be used to make bombs. >>> nfl players could begin to unlock the stop to four months of practice. they vote on a collective bargaining agreement today in portions of the district. they hope to be presented with the finalized version soon. if the players approve a deal, the owners would take a vote on t
the taliban and as he was fighting, he saw a live grenade and picked it up and throw it out of the range, and blew up and he lost his hand. >> and he had been wounded by a previous hand grenade and taken several of the comrades to safety. you asked the question earlier about how come not more medals of honor in the conflict, series of conflicts in which it has been difficult fighting, and part of the answer is that any kind of award is a subjective evaluation and has to go through the chain of the command, and everybody in the world looks at it. and in and in the end, the selection is made in such a way that it makes the recipient realize that he is representing all of those people who have not been recognized. >> it is interesting that one of the army ranger captains who was with him said, quote, he is not the kind of person who likes this kind of attention, but he did something really special that day. i mean, when you think about really special that day, that is usually, you know, helping somebody across the street, but this is putting your life on the line even though you sign up for
. alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, alison. >>> afghan officials are blaming the taliban for the murder of an 8-year-old boy. the government says the taliban demanded the father's police struck in exchange for the life of the boy and killed him when the father said no. the father said he thought it was just a prank call. a spokesman for the taliban denies any responsibility for the death of that child. >>> 7:1. president obama is expected to talk about immigration issues today. he will be speaking at the annual conference of the national council of laraza in washington, d.c. organizers say attendees want to hear from the president on a number of pending issues including immigration reform. they also want him to comment on the record number of deportations last year. >>> a new study shows racial discrimination by housing providers in solano county against black applicants. out of 40 pairs of blight and black applicants calling about the same rental, 13 white individuals received preferential treatment t. the study was done in part by the solano county office of legal servi
or be in support roles. >>> yesterday's handover took place in helmand province. it's a taliban stronghold where more foreign troops have died than in any other province. cbs news correspondent mandy clark was there for the changing of the guard. >> reporter: helmand province has been the deadliest battleground in afghanistan. nearly half of all coalition deaths have happened here. president obama's surge focussed on turning that around. the proichbs's capital saw troop movement of a different kind with the official handover to afghan forces. one sign of how fragile this security situation is, the ceremony was not announced in advance. out of fear the taliban would strike. the new commander of coalition forces in afghanistan acknowledged the heavy price american and british troops paid for the progress made here. >> there are some voices that are raised to question whether this sacrifice has been worth it. those of white house wear this uniform have one answer. yes! >> reporter: it was certainly a proud moment for the afghans, as the defense minister inspected his troops. the handover of power f
at this hour. the taliban is denying reports this morning that their leader mullah omar is dead. a spokesman for the terror group says outsiders tapped into taliban phones and into their web site. those outside agents sent a fake text message that omar was dead. the taliban also claiming a post on their web site saying the same thing was also a fake. >> british prime minister david cameron will address parliament this morning over the news of the world scandal. this comes one day after news corp ceo rupert murdoch and his son james testified before a committee saying they were appalled by the scandal. >> i would just like to say one sentence, this is the most humble day of my life. >> as for the man who attacked murdoch with a pie made of foam, well, he's under arrest this morning. he calls himself a comedian, by the way, news corp is the parent company of fox news. nearly two years after he was charged with murdering 13 people including a pregnant woman, the ft. hood shooter is finally be arraigned in a military court. he is still collecting a paycheck from the military will face a judge
going to the taliban? well, it's a little confusing but it has to do with a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the united states has to promote afghan businesses and within that, in the fine print somewhere could be that your tax dollars will fund the taliban. >> in particular, a whole bunch of money is going to fund trucking operations across afghanistan to get military supplies different places and it sounds like a lot of the money that we are giving these eight various trucking companies somehow winds up and we have tracked the money. it goes from our coffers directly through big shots in the afghanistan government and winds up in the pockets of the insurgents. >> we usually do that in iraq. we did it through private contractors. this time we want to try to build up the local economy by hiring local afghans that have affiliations with the local taliban that pay off the taliban not to attack the american stuff. >> why don't we just pay the taliban directly? >> might as well be. it's our money. it's $2.16 billion has gone into the pockets of the taliban, petraeus put a commissi
in the beginning? >> ps. >> afghanistan made sense after 9/11. the taliban -- it makes sense to invade then. that way.t now appear >> what is your take on marijuana? what is to be legal. -- it should be legal. >> abortion laws? >> i am in favor of a woman's right to choose. right to choose. comments. anti-ga these are not involved in this. we are in control of our bodies. a portio abortion will continue. >> the department of education? >> they came on line in 79 or 80. they have had no clear up that an educational results. this is an arguable if you look at the national assessment of progress. seniors living high school have the same scores they had in the early '70s. that sinn make everybody think about giving up and going home and starting a school. >> federal money for politicians to run? >> it is quite possibly more disturbing to me than federal money for churches. money for churches. the american experiment to a complete failure appeared >> social security? >> i think social security is a plan that has run its course. i would be in favor. i think there is a tax on the social safety net
and the taliban feel invigorated to do something against us now. >> like we said, it was a nonmilitary decision and senator graham brought that out in the questioning of general allen in washington. we agree there. how about this? we've never had this degree of trained armed forces in afghanistan and there's a big story with karzai's brother. this guy was doing more harm than good as a drug lord in the south, correct? >> i agree, yes, absolutely. the evidence is very clear that he was sitting literally on both sides of the fence taking drug profits and propping up a lot of things going on there and as much as the taliban were benefitting from it, so was he. but back to your point, brian, about the troops, yeah, we have a large number of troops by the karzai government but the problem is they are but one tribe and what we've been doing is pushing the afghan people towards, you know, very unpopular government, general petraeus himself has said some of the forces, the police forces are questionable and this is where we've kind of got ourselves situated in a very bad position trying to push the pe
at these countries, that they are not radicals connected to terrorists like al qaeda or the taliban, or the muslim brotherhood. in egypt, for instance, right now, and tunisia and other countries in the middle east, we do not know who is going to be in charge. we are talking about supporting various governments, when they have an election. until we see what happens in the elections, we should not be giving money to those who are sympathetic in working with terrorist organizations in do not have our interests at stake. or want to destroy the state of israel. so, right now, for instance, in egypt the barrier between egypt and gaza has been broken down, in effect. hamas, in control of gaza right now, can bring in more weapons to attack israel. a signal that really bothers me, because it indicates to the muslim but -- brotherhood that they have more influence than people realize. in the past they have asked for the destruction of israel. and host: the muslim brotherhood is not considered a terrorist group. guest: if you look at their history, they have been committed to changes in the middle east, incl
that is capable of withstanding the radical taliban and other elements. one of my questions, madam chair, is going to be questioning the sustainability of the efforts. congress has appropriated over $60 billion for relief and reconstruction in afghanistan. the great majority of which has been channeled through private contractors. we know from experience in bosnia in the 1990's and more recently in iraq that a reduction in troop levels as not mean a drop in contractor activity. in some cases, it is a matter of increase. there has been increase reliance on contractors to fulfill the logistical roles once performed by the military in those instances. eventually, the contractor presence will also decrease as we move support of large-scale off-budget scanned it -- spending to more direct to the afghan government directly. this is why our reconstruction strategy must focus on insuring that afghans can sustain what we have helped build. how many additional schools and health, as we can construct, but also that there are teachers and health care officials to sustain those institutions. whether afghans ha
close advisers as well as a member of parliament, taliban is claiming responsibility. it comes less than a week after the assassination of karzai's half brother. >>> some terrifying moments in canada when a sudden and violent storm caused the main stage at an ottawa blues festival to completely collapse. look at that there. the performing band cheap trick managed to escape unharmed but at least five stage volunteers were hurt. one seriously. >>> well, first it was mila kunis, then justin timberlake, now 90-year-old actress betty white has been invited to the marine corps ball. in a youtube ball ray lewis called the legendary "golden girl" funny, sweet and mature, the all-around perfect woman. where there's a good story, there's always betty white. it always works out that way. >>> here's your "first look" at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12479 after gaining 42 points on friday. the s&p rose 7 points. nasdaq climbed 27. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning n tokyo, the nikkei added 38 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 70. >>> well, thi
of kandahar is dead and assassinated overnight by a bomber. taliban claiming responsibilities. the attacker detonated explosives hidden in his turbin. he is the latest top ranking official killed in afghanistan. two week ago, hamid karzai's half brother was gunned down in his home. meantime, the state department warning the killing of usama bin laden could increase the terror threat to americans around the world. that's why officials are reiterating the warning today. the initial alert was set to expire next week. the warning describes ongoing attacks by al-qaida including suicide attacks, assassinations, kidnappings and hijackings. a law me want to help september 11th first responders with health coverage will not apply to people with cancer? a new government study says there's an insufficient link between toxins at ground zero and documented cancer cases. but that is not sitting well with many. >> i've been to 53 funerals. 51 are because the person died of cancer. >> the government will do another study on cancer cases next year. an update on the mother convicted of killing her 4-year-ol
pursue the taliban. that $800 million figure is a little more than the third than the more than $2 billion gives pakistan in security aid every year. >>> a new york state judge has thrown out a lawsuit attempting to stop an islamic community sent near the world trade center site. the judge says the former new york city firefighter who filed the lawsuit he has no -- says he has no merit. >>> starting today, you can make free online reservations to take a tour of the 9/11 memorial in new york city. the memorial will be dedicated september 11th. the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the world trade center. it will open to the public the following day. that museum is skeled 20 open on the 11th -- scheduled to open on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. >>> coast guard rescued 15 illegal immigrants off a santa cruz island, which is one of the channel islands off the coast of santa barbara. one of the immigrants calledden in to say they were left on the island with no food or water. the coast guard turned them over to federal immigration officials. >>> cal fire expects full c
the taliban may try to regain lost ground during the islamic period of ramadan, beginning tomorrow. >>> an update to the story we told but yesterday. the military has released this photo of an ak-47 assault rifle. it's one of the weapons obtained from port millton. someone earlier this month, swiped more than two dozen assault rifles. most of which are still missing. an undisclosed number of people have been arrested, but investigators are looking for more suspects. >>> new this morning, four people are dead after two small planes collided over alaska. it happened yesterday, about 80 miles north of anchorage. authorities initially said at least two people were killed, and later announced four confirmed deaths. one of the planes burst into flames on impact, and crashed. the other plane was significantly damaged, but did imagine to land safely at an airport. the cause of the crash is under investigation. >>> the mayor of new york has outlined plans for the anniversary. only family members of victims will be allowed access to the new 9/11 memorial plaza the day of the anniversary. th
today. >>> is the new leader of the taliban dead? the terrorist group stays no but they explain how this false message hot got out to journalists -- message got out to journalists. >>> well, clear skies for many. just some patchy fog. there's not a lot there. temperatures inland, they will warm up. upper 80s to low 90s. a lot of 70s and 80s close to the bay. >>> in sacramento, it was like a scene from a horror movie for a family trying to get away from a burglar. >> it was screaming. >> shannon carter returned home from the movies with her children on tuesday morning to find sheriff deputies looking for a burglary suspect in the neighborhood. carter said she locked her doors and garage, made a picnic lunch and made a -- and opened the door so they could all leave in the suv. when they reached the back of the suv, the suspect popped up. >> he came flying forward in a hot second. >> the suspect kept apologizing saying he was not gonna hurt anyone. carter say the suspect was a teenager with sandy hair and a buzz cut. she's grateful he was not violent. >>> one plan to raise the debt cei
was shot by a bodyguard, a man karzai trusted and close to them for years. the taliban has claimed responsibility saying the shooter worked for them. >>> leon panetta has strong words for the iraq government while expressing the delay keeping troops in the country through the end of the year deadline. the secretaries y of defense wa baghdad monday and he met with troops at camp victory there where he took several questions. one san diego asks if the iraq leaders were ready to take over. i want you to listen to panetta's response. >> there are people that are going to disagree, there are people that are going to have different views. that's got to play out. that's what's happening here. very frankly sometimes it can be frustrating. i'd like things to move faster here in terms of the decision-making process. i'd like them to make a decision. do you want to stay or not stay? do you want a minister of defense or a not a minister of defense, but damn it, make a decision. >> leon panetta. he stressed iraqi leaders need to crack down on armed groups targeting u.s. forces. here's what's co
begin with the developing story overseas. the taliban claims to have captured and executed a nato soldier in southern afghanistan. the british defense ministry confirms that one of its soldiers is missing. >>> we're following another developing story, this one off baja, california, where a tourist fishing boat carrying 44 people, most of them americans, capsized in heavy seas during a thunderstorm. one of the american tourists had died. and eight people are missing. some survivors were able to swim the shore. but they had to hike for quite some time to get help because the area is so remote. >> the reports that we received of the people who have been recovered are 27 u.s. passengers, mostly came from the northern californian area. the remaining 17 are the crew members aboard the vessel. >> the coast guard is helping the mexican navy search the area. seven of the eight people still missing are tourists. >>> and montana's governor is accusing exxon mobil of downplaying the extent of this weekend's oil spill in the yellowstone river. the company says the oil leaked from a pipeline wa
overseas. the taliban claims to have captured and executed a nato soldier in southern afghanistan. the british defense minister confirms that one of its soldiers is missing. >>> we're following another developing story, this one off baja, california, where a tourist fishing boat carrying 44 people, most of them americans capsized in heavy seas during a thunderstorm. officials believe that all of the american tour tourists survived. at least one person has died. some were able to swim to shore. >> the reports that we received of the people who have been recovered are 27 u.s. passengers, mostly came from the northern californian area, the remaining 17 are the crew members aboard the vessel. >> they're helping the mexican navy search for those still missing. >>> montana's governor is accusing exxon mobil of down playing this weekend's oil spill. mostly contained to a ten-mile stretch of area. >>> this fourth of july, no holiday for the jury deciding whether casey anthony killed her 2-year-old. a visibly distraught casey anthony sat through closing arguments over the weekend. if the j
home by a close associate. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack on karzai. petraeus, commander and nato forces promised international help in finding those responsible. karzai was the controversial figure who denied allegations of corruption and beinglinged to drugs. karzai's death leaves a power vacuum in the south as the government begins peace talks with insurgents. >> we suffered from the same kind of pain and our hope is that god willing, there is an end to the pain and suffering of our afghan people. >> car jay survived several previous assassination at the same times. -- assassination attempts. >>> congressman ron paul won't run for congress again. the 75-year-old has gotten more support for his presidential run than ever and won't try to run for two offices at once. mayor john huntsman is in south carolina telling primary voter when is he was governor of utah, the state ranked first in job creation and compared that to massachusetts which, which is 47ing. the fellow candidate mitt romney was governor of massachusetts. huntsman was in office in utah. >> presid
killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in tis heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you might be going to the hospital. >> it was hard to stay focused because it was so hot out. >> dehydrated, exhausted, just tired. >> right now nearly 400,000 people in the chicago area are still without power following the worst storm in a decade. utility officials say it could be several days before many of those customers are back on-line. the video we're looking at here, i think you saw an airplane there, i'm not sure,
on the road before as the taliban was on after 9/11 and some distractions, otherworld events, economics play a big role and what can be done. al qaeda's in a tight spot and whether or not they are on the ropes or not is something that history will have to tell us about this time we're in and as far as predictions go, many analysts say it's too early for that. >> what do we know any about capabilities? is there any intelligence giving us that? >> there is some pretty heavy information out there right now that al qaeda really wants to attack and has never stopped in its efforts to try to attack, specifically in washington and we have been focussing on that all week in our series target washington. they have been looking for opportunities to attack soft targets. they recognize that crashing airplanes into soft buildings is not likely to happen again, they're not likely to have that capability. what hey have tried to do is -- what they have tied to do is to change the tactics and known as lope wolf gunman and to look for pee, quote, clean scoop and that is no collection. and essentially, we're l
the karzai advisor he was meeting with in his house. the gunmen were killed by afghan police. the taliban claim responsibility for that attack. >>> three nato troops were killed in eastern afghanistan today. nato has not identified the nationalities of the troops killed. most of the troops in the east are american. >>> a group of teenagers leave for japan today from san francisco as part of a special exchange program. 32 high school students from around the u.s. were invited to study the japanese language and culture. it's in memory of two american teachers that were killed in the earthquake and tsunami. students are already brushing up on their japanese. [speaking in foreign language] >> i'm sorry. >> what did you just say? >> i said greeting for hello and good afternoon. >> the students will stay with families in osaka immersing themselves in the culture for the next two weeks. >>> let's go over to tara. she has word of an accident in oakland. >> we have a car that crashed into a house that is off of market and west street. it's actually underneath the 580 overpass. we have a crew on th
this morning. the shooter was also killed. the taliban taking credit for this murder, claiming they hired the man who did it. u.s. officials believe ahmad wali karzai had ties with the drug cartel in the country. >>> wikileaks founder is in court to be extradited back. the court appearance follows a lavish birthday party he threw for himself over the weekend. >>> the great recession devastated minorities in this country, possibly erasing decades of progress made by the middle class. the recession knocked the average net worth of white house soelds from $137,000 to $97,000, a 24% drop. among black families, average net worth fell from $13,000 to just $2,000. that means black families saw their income plunge 83% from the recession. joining me in our sound-off segment is nbc contributor melissa harris perry, professor of political science at tulane as well as college of the nation. i think i haven't seen you in a month of sundays. >> it's been a long time. >> great to have you back. as we look at what these numbers mean, they mean every dollar a white household has, the average black househo
don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power, we'll be attacked again. and there could be no greater threat to our security and our freedom, the freedom that we celebrate on july 4th. >> reporter: melanie alnwick, fox five news. >>> the former head of the international monetary fund may have a political future in france. a new poll shows nearly half of those surveyed in france believe strauss-kahn should return to political life in france. 46% said no. the rest didn't answer the question. strauss-kahn is charged with sexually assaulting a manhattan hotel housekeeper. prosecutors say her credibility may now be in question. >>> a gaza bound american ship got the criminal treatment in greece. it set sail friday night, to be intercepted. the 60-year-old captain is now under arrest, facing charges of trying to leave port without permission, and endangering the lives of the boat's passengers. it was trying to deliver humanitarian aid to a palestinian territory in violation of an israeli blockade. they say they'll try again. >> we will
not the end of the taliban. you're looking at core group of individuals founded al qaeda and running it over the years. that may be on the brink of collapse but let's not say this movement is near its end. jon: so a little bit like turning the lights and cockroaches scatter? you may kill them off in places like afghanistan but they are over in the other places, somalia and arabian peninsula? >> that's right. actually this is a testament to bin laden's plan for the al qaeda network. he created a more diffuse network after the united states began to crack down on al qaeda in late 1990s. you saw rise of al qaeda in north africa and al shaback in east africa. al qaeda in iraq done great damage to u.s. forces. the taliban was once a government but relegated to affiliate movement of al qaeda. what you have a is number of organizations sort of franchises of al qaeda that continue to grow and thrive while we have focused in on the core as we called it. now i think after the death of bin laden in early may, i think we were able to get a lot of intelligence. we've gone after a lot of the other high-le
associated allies, especially the taliban, of course. he also felt like there had been progress in developing and training the afghan national security forces, the army and the national police, especially in the past year-and-a-half. still a long way to go. he did not make any comments specifically yesterday about the killing of ahmad karzai. he let those comments to the white house. it expressed regret and condemn the assassination of president karzai's half-brothers. i think there is concern generally that there could be some instability, beahmad wali karzai in its prominent position in canada are what ikan -- kandahar, he was a key figure in keeping control there. that may have been more of a concern a year ago before the u.s. had managed to reclaim control of that area with its afghan allies and partners on the ground. so there may not be as much ramification now as there might have been a year ago. still there is likely to be jockeying for position and power among the local forces there. host: finally, the defense secretary did not cut a pakistan on this particular trip. did he talk abou
on with the taliban. do you feel the taliban should be part of afghanistan going forward? guest: the reconciliation is one of the major national programs our government already initiated. we have agreed with our international partners to have this reconciliation program. our president a couple of weeks back mentioned talks with different people going on through different channels. we have a high peace council the mainly responsible for the reconciliation. they have opened to the channel of communications. when you want to reconcile with people, you have to talk to them and open the channels for communication. there are different channels that want to reach out to opposition forces for the success of the reconciliation program. host: what about separating the taliban and al qaeda? guest: this is an afghan national program. is supported by the international community. our partners are saying it is an afghan-led reconciliation program. the afghans should be in the driving seat. we have three principles for that. the first one is to cut ties with al qaeda. the second one is to renounce violence. the th
sense after 9/11 to hunt down bin laden. he was clearly there, the taliban refused to cough him up. i think it made sense to invade. it does not make sense to be there now a decade later, or more, with not even a clear withdrawal plan. >> what's your take on marijuana? >> marijuana is -- should be legal and it -- it should be as legal and acceptable as booze. >> abortion laws. >> abortion laws, i'm in favor of a woman's right to choose and i think that whenever your take on abortion, and i'd say maybe 30 percent of libertarians are very, very anti-abortion, because they believe that the fetus, at least, at a certain point deserves the rights that everybody else has. government funding should not be involved in abortion but more to the point, we are at the very early stages of actually controlling our bodies, our biology, our reproduction. i think abortion is becoming less and less important to public discourse and will continue to, as we develop more control over how -- how and under what circumstances we have children. >> the department of education. >> the federal department of educ
a british soldier who went missing. the taliban have claimed responsibility, and they say that they killed that soldier. atia abowie, nbc news, kabul. >>> general petraeus is expected to turn over his command in afghanistan on the 18th of this month. he'll retire from the army on august 31st, and then he will take over as cia director right after labor day. >>> the ft. meade military base is having its annual 4th. many military families are ther enjoying the music and food while the kids play on the free carnival rides. active duty members we spoke to today say it is all about family and freedom. >> i probably have been away from my daughter half her life due to deployment. so it's nice to spend time with her. >> i think i'm most thankful for being an american. having traveled throughout the world, seeing other countries and what they do, for us it's clearly the best country in the world. >> the night will be capped off with fireworks. they start at 9:30. >>> britain's prince william put his experience as a military helicopter pilot to the test today in canada. on prince edward island, th
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